Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
Malnutrition, the hidden threat to development
Business Daily Africa - 6/16/2016 7:12:18 PM
Majority of these people live in the developing world in countries such as Kenya. Malnutrition manifests in various ways, including, the individual being underweight for ... one out of every four children under five years of age stunted (are too short ...
Opinion: The World Sees Progress Against Undernutrition, but it’s Uneven
Inter Press Service - 3/9/2015 5:18:03 PM
All but 14 million of the world’s hungry live in developing ... HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. One in seven children under five are underweight An estimated 99 million children under five years of age were underweight in 2012. This represents a fall of ...
A Quarter of the World’s Children Seriously Underweight
UNICEF - 5/1/2006 11:57:27 PM
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 - More than one quarter of all children under the age of five in developing countries are underweight ... and resources it has promised.” About UNICEF: For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on ...
Nearly Half of World's Child Marriages Occur In India
Silicon India - 3/1/2012 4:08:47 AM
More than 40 percent of the world's child marriages still occur in India. More than 60 million women worldwide who are between 20 and 24 years ... percent of children under the age of five in urban India and 46 percent in rural India are underweight.
India is booming – so why are nearly half of its children malnourished? (Part 1)
blogs.ei.columbia.edu - 3/23/2011 11:57:00 PM
About 30% of India’s children are born underweight, and by the age ... under-fives. The proportion of severely underweight children is nearly five times higher among children whose mothers who have no education than mothers who have 12 or more years ...
The World's Hungriest Countries, and How You Can Help Them
Yahoo News - 6/1/2015 11:59:30 PM
Years of political instability and a powerful earthquake whose effects are still present have left Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, one of the hungriest countries in the world ... among children under the age of five.
The Double Burden of Malnutrition in Indonesia
The World Bank - 4/23/2015 5:18:57 AM
In Indonesia, 37.2% of children under the age of five are ... This is the double burden of malnutrition. Causes of the double burden of malnutrition in Indonesia While the causes of the double burden of malnutrition are complex, a World Bank report ...
Nigeria: Country Rated the World's Worst Country for Child Survival
AllAfrica - 7/21/2008 11:53:40 PM
Why are children still dying as a result of childhood preventable diseases in a country ... of the World Children's report and State of African Children's report with 54 pages also show that more than one million children under -five years of age die ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/11/2009 11:56:31 PM
Malnutrition makes children ... years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
Afghanistan: The worst place in the world to be a child or a mother
Khaama Press - 2/17/2013 2:25:06 AM
Afghanistan has received US$58 billion in aid in the past 10 years ... age) and 67 percent are underweight,” the report says. According to the results of a World Bank supported study, the prevalence of anaemia is 38 percent in children under five ...
Malnutrition Kills Over 3 Million Toddlers a Year: UN
NDTV - 6/12/2014 11:06:53 PM
"Malnutrition is responsible for about half of all child deaths under five years of age, causing over ... Some 162 million children are left stunted by chronic malnutrition and 99 million children are underweight across the world, it added.
Global hunger index: see how the world compares
The Guardian - 10/10/2010 11:58:13 PM
The GHI scores countries on three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight ... Pregnancy and the first two years of life provide a vital "window of opportunity ...
Huge numbers of stunted children, says UN report
CNN - 11/19/2009 7:50:45 AM
London, England (CNN) -- Almost 200 million children under the age of five ... world's stunting. More than 90 percent of the developing world's stunted children live in Africa and Asia. Although India is the country with the highest number of stunted ...
Focus on health, sanitation can reduce stunting in children: World Bank
Live Mint - 11/13/2014 12:18:58 PM
The window of opportunity is narrow for arresting stunting, from conception to two years of age, it said. The report said that height at age two is the best predictor of adult height and future human capital. In India, 48% of children under five are ...
India 'shamed' by child malnutrition, says PM Singh
BBC - 1/9/2012 11:54:18 PM
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has branded malnutrition among children a "national shame", after a report said nearly half of children under five in the country were underweight ... 20% of children under five years of age suffer from wasting due ...